With support from nutritionists, we balanced diets with rapeseed and sunflower cakes, instead of soybean meal, lowering production costs.

Why does it matter?

Most livestock farms already use soy as a protein source. Soy is grown on arable lands, mainly sourced from countries where deforestation is a large issue. Traceability is difficult, making it hard to guarantee it is from a non-deforested or non-GMO-source.

How did we solve this?

Producing and processing on-farm non-deforested and non-GMO soy meals has the potential to reduce production costs and our carbon footprint. 

Based on local conditions, we selected suitable soy varieties and rotation plans for three pilot farms. They collectively purchased and used an extruder to process soy after the harvest, cooperating with buyers to attain the harvested oil. 

Together with nutritionists, we proposed a new diet, balanced with rapeseed or sunflower cakes. The milk production costs went down, and imported soy cakes were finally entirely replaced.

Opportunities for other farms?

This approach can be replicated on all farms, as long as sufficient land and water are available. It has the potential to reduce both costs and carbon footprint.

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